Jun 14, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog | Expires Aug. 2030 

Special Education Major-Secondary Teaching Certification

Prerequisite: Admission to the Secondary Teacher Education Program; a student who does not complete teacher certification requirements will not be permitted to graduate with this major.

This course of study is designed to meet the state of Michigan requirements for an endorsement to teach Special Education, K-12. To obtain this endorsement, students must complete all of the requirements for the Secondary Education Program and the Special Education Major, pass the certification test for Special Education in addition to the certification tests required for content majors and minors in secondary education, and complete student teaching in a Special Education setting in addition to TEMS 412 TEMS 412 - Seminar in Secondary Teaching   and TEMS 422 TEMS 422 - Secondary Student Teaching .

Interested students who have been admitted to the Secondary Teacher Education Program should contact the Special Education Program Advisor for an appointment prior to beginning the Special Education Program. Requirements for this program are completed in addition to all of the requirements for the Secondary Teacher Education Program.

Special Education Professional Studies Requirements

Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement (38 cr)

Cognitive Impairment Endorsement (32 cr)

Learning Disabilities Endorsement (39 cr)

Secondary Teacher Education Program Requirements


Grade Point Average Requirement

Students in the Department of Teacher Education Middle/Secondary will be required to maintain an accumulative GPA of at least 3.00 in all professional studies courses, and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 in the required content courses for major(s) and minor(s) in order to student teach.

Students failing to maintain the required GPA in either case may be dismissed from the program, subject to an appeal. Information for an appeals process may be obtained from the dean’s office.

Seven Year Time Limit for Professional Studies Courses

All professional studies courses (credits and requirements) must be completed within seven (7) years prior to the date on which the degree is to be granted.

Student Teaching

TEMS 422 is graded on a pass/fail basis. Evaluations are made and kept on file in the College of Education Office. Application forms for student teaching can be obtained from the College of Education web site and must be returned to the Office of Clinical Experiences by the last working day of the month of November for the next year’s Fall Semester Student Teaching assignment, or by the last working day of the month of March for the next year’s Winter Semester Student Teaching assignment.

Student teaching and the seminar (TEMS 412 , TEMS 422 ) constitute a full course load. No student may enroll for any additional credits without written permission from the Office of Clinical Experiences. Student teaching normally involves 14 weeks of full-time teaching in an area school. Assignments are made by the Office of Clinical Experiences.

Student teaching assignments are routinely made only for fall and winter semesters.

Note: It is particularly important that students placed in student teaching assignments for a given semester immediately notify the Office of Clinical Experiences when they are not able to fulfill their placement obligation. When a student drops student teaching without approval of the Office of Clinical Experiences, he/she will not be given a student teaching assignment during the following semester. When this student reapplies, he/she may be asked to appear for a formal hearing of the Department of Teacher Education.